(approx) 1 Hour
Simple installation for anyone.
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Noah: What's up, guys? Noah from AmericanTrucks here, and we are taking a closer look at this SpeedForm Cold Air Intake for the '11 to '14 5-liter F-150. This guy is a budget-friendly option for the F-150 owner who's looking to get some more performance out of their truck with a bolt-on modification that really doesn't require too terribly much labor or any tuning at all.First, let's take a quick look at some of the features this intake brings to the table. The biggest thing being that it eliminates all of those restrictions that factory intake would've came with. This means your truck's engine can breathe better and ultimately, you'll get some more horsepower and torque to the wheels as well as an increase in throttle response.Now, not only is this intake meant to perform better, but it sure looks the part as well. The intake tube itself is polished and it's sure to take your engine base appearance to the next level. Now, to be clear, right up front, this intake is not CARB certified and it is illegal for street use in the state of California or states adopting California's emission standards.The intake tube as well as the heat shield are constructed from aluminum, which has excellent heat dissipation. That means it takes longer for the metal to heat up, which is great for intake air temperatures. Now, the high-flow air filter is already oiled and it is reusable as well. Now, the specialty media that it's made from creates a nice sticky surface. It really grabs all those small particulates and keeps them from entering your motor. Then after a few thousand miles when this guy gets dirty, you can just wash it and re-oil it, slap it right back on rather than buying a new filter altogether.Probably the most impressive part of this intake from SpeedForm is the price. We're talking $200 here, which is impressive for an intake that's made of metal and includes a heat shield and a filter as well. So, in terms of budget-friendly performance mods and bang-for-your-buck upgrades, a cold air intake from SpeedForm would really be a great option for your F-150.Installing this cold air intake on your truck is a pretty simple job. We're looking at one out of three wrenches of difficulty, and I'd say it's safe to count on spending about an hour on the install. All the hose clamps and boots you need are included with the kit as well, so there's no other shopping that needs to be done.Now speaking of install, let's head over to the install bay and get this intake on our F-150.Man: The tools you'll need for this project are a 3/8 or 1/4-inch drive ratchet, an 8-millimeter socket, a T20 Torx driver, a number 2 Phillips screwdriver, and a 5-millimeter Allen wrench that's included in the kit. Hi, everyone.Today, we're installing a cold air intake on our F-150. So let's get started with the uninstall of the stock system first. First thing we're gonna need to do is disconnect our mass airflow sensor here. And there's a red tab on the bottom side of here, so you're just gonna pull that red tab towards the front of the truck and then pull the connector out. So there's our red tab, pull the connector, and there you can see a better view of what the tab looks like.Next, we're gonna disconnect our breather hose here simply by pulling it away from the tube. Then we're gonna disconnect our PCV hose here by flipping this gray tab towards the back of the truck and then pulling it out. Now we can go ahead and loosen up this clamp on the throttle body so we can remove that from the throttle body. And we're gonna be using our 8-millimeter socket to loosen up this clamp.Now we can go ahead and just pull that off the throttle body like so. Now, we'll remove the top of the box for the air filter. All right, now there's three clips here on the bottom of the air box that we need to take off, and the other one is underneath the tube. Just pull that out. Now we can lift the box off. And you'll have to slide it towards the passenger side to release these locking tabs and then remove your air filter. And you're done.Now, before we can actually get to the install of our new system, we need to transfer over the mass airflow sensor from the old system to the new system. So to do that, you're gonna need a T20 Torx bit to remove these stock screws here, and then we'll transfer it over to the new tube. Now with those two screws removed, we just slide the mass airflow sensor out. Now we can transfer it over to our new tube. Now we're not gonna be reusing the screws from the old system. The new tube comes with two screws already installed.So we'll just take those out now, insert our mass airflow sensor, and then reinstall the two screws that came with the new system. And then we'll tighten these screws down with a number 2 Phillips screwdriver. All right, now we can install our mass airflow sensor adapter tube. And notice that it does have a slot on here that's going to go around the mass airflow sensor like so. Now we can go ahead and assemble our heat shield, and you'll notice that this backplate has some horizontal tabs on it. You wanna make sure that those are facing up towards you if you're putting it together like this.So we'll just set the back of the shield on here using the supplied bolt. Put it on there, put a flat washer on the other side, and use one of the supplied nyloc nuts. Then you can do that whole process for the other three bolts as well. All right, once you've got it assembled like that, you can use the included Allen wrench and an 8-millimeter socket to tighten them down. Now with our heat shield assembled, we can go ahead and install the rubber insulation that goes along the top simply by pushing the slot in the insulation down over the top of the heat shield.Now we can go ahead and assemble it. Now with our rubber insulation on top of our heat shield, we can go ahead and install our velocity stack adapter and this angled coupler as well. To do that, the velocity stack adapter goes on the inside of the heat shield like so, and then the angled coupler goes on the outside. Now we can go ahead and tighten this down with our 8-millimeter socket. Don't worry about whether or not it's in the right spot or not because we'll be able to rotate this when we need to.Now, the one thing you do wanna make sure though, that the velocity stack adapter is pressed up tight against the heat shield as well as the angled coupler. Now we can go ahead and install our heat shield onto our stock box that's still remaining. Just remember to make sure that these horizontal tabs here on the back go into the horizontal slots here on the air box like so. And then once that's in place, then we'll use the front clip here and the back clip to lock that into place. The center clip will not be used on this system.Now we can go ahead and slide the clamp over the end of our flex coupler and insert that onto the throttle body. Now, we're not gonna tighten that down yet till we get everything assembled. Just make sure that you put your bolt for the clamp in a spot that's easily accessible. Now we'll go ahead and slide a clamp on the other side as well.Now we can install our intake tube. We'll just slip that into the end of the flex coupler, and we'll put another clamp on the other end where that slides into the angled adapter. Again, making sure that the bolt on the clamp is accessible. Now we can go ahead and hook up our hoses. We'll do our vacuum hose here, and then we'll do our PCV hose.All right, now that we've got everything hooked up, we can go ahead and tighten down our clamps. We'll be using our 8-millimeter socket for that. Now we're gonna install our air filter. Now we can go ahead and slide our clamp over our air filter and slide that onto the velocity stack adapter. Once you've got that in, you can go ahead and tighten down your clamp with an 8-millimeter socket. And finally, we can go ahead and plug in our mass airflow sensor. We're just gonna plug that in and then make sure that you push in the red tab on the bottom.And that wraps up our review and install of the SpeedForm Cold Air intake for the '11 to '14 5.0 F-150. Thanks for watching and remember, for all things F-150, keep it right here at americantrucks.com.
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|Cold Air Intake Type
|Cold Air Intake
|No Tune Required
|Cold Air Intake Tube Material
|Cold Air Intake Filter Type
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(approx) 1 Hour
Simple installation for anyone.
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